Westland Garryana 2018 Edition 3|1
American Single Malt
Westland // Washington, USA
This is the third release in the Native Oak series and is named after the Quercus garryana, a species of white oak sourced from the Pacific Northwest. Previous editions married ratios of full-term matured garry oak to traditional oak casks, but limited supplies forced master distiller Matt Hofmann and blender Shane Armstrong to use a series of vattings and casks finishes for this year’s edition. Beginning with a mash bill of five-malt, Washington select, and heavily-peated malted barleys the whiskey matured in Garry oak, new American oak, 1st fill ex-bourbon, 1st fill ex-port and refill ex-Westland casks. Available as of September 2018, only 1,638 bottles will be available in limited distribution nationwide.
American Single MaltMade in the USA from 100% malted barley. Distilled at one distillery. Matured in oak casks no larger than 700L. Distilled to no higher than 160 proof (80% ABV). Bottled at 80 proof (40% ABV) or higher. (This is the proposed Standard of Identity by the American Single Malt Whiskey Commission.)
Cask TypeGarry oak, new American oak, 1st fill ex-bourbon, 1st fill ex-port and refill ex-Westland casks
"There's a nutty, toasted grain quality to the nose. Warm spices, a touch of cherry and some char smoke are also present. Tasting without water the finish is very dry and tight so add a bit of water so you can get a better sense of the barrel spices. Flavors found on the nose are also found on the taste with an added chocolate chip taste. A light toffee sweetness carries the whiskey, ties it all together. "